THIS DEBATE SURE WASN’T
KENNEDY VERSUS NIXON
I should have been more appreciative of the trigger warning posted for Hofstra University students before the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, which was held on that campus. This event did indeed prove to be an unsettling experience.
My initial reaction was summed up by commentator John Podhoretz, who observed in the New York Post that…
“Hillary Clinton was boring and exceptionally well-prepared. Donald Trump was exciting but embarrassingly undisciplined.”
Podhoretz expanded on his observation, channeling my thoughts about The Donald…
“…by refusing to prepare properly for this exchange, by not learning enough to put meat on the bones of his populist case against Clinton, he displayed nothing but contempt for the people who have brought him this far — and for the American people who are going to make this momentous decision on Nov. 8.”
I was actually angry that Trump would approach such an important moment in so cavalier a way. Then my son called…
“Did you see the debate, Dad?” he gushed. “I thought Trump did great!”
Clearly, it’s a generational thing.